Naila Anjum

Assistant Professor

Bharati College

University of Delhi




It is a novella by Qurratulain Hyder that examines the lives, loves and struggles of clueless refugees from India’s Ganga-Yamuna plains in the strange city of Karachi in Sindh, hemmed in by sea and sand of a sprawling desert. Nothing could be more unlike than the land and people they left behind and the land they find themselves in and the people there.

They left a national home with thousands of years of togetherness behind to go to a land which was still a work in progress, trying to be a nation state on its own. Its national memories have still to be formed and the land they left had a long memory of thousands of years. The national narrative is still to be formed here.

Housing Society: Life in a New Nation State